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When Racist Demagoguery Works

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In the waning stages of the campaign, Benjamin Netanyahu explicitly laid out his vision for an apartheid state. The response of the electorate was…not encouraging:

After a bruising campaign focused on his failings, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel won a clear victory in Tuesday’s elections and seemed all but certain to form a new government and serve a fourth term, though he offended many voters and alienated allies in the process.

With 99.5 percent of the ballots counted, the YNet news site reported Wednesday morning that Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud Party had captured 29 or 30 of the 120 seats in Parliament, sweeping past his chief rival, the center-left Zionist Union alliance, which got 24 seats.

If you have any optimism about this political situation, I both envy you and question your grasp on reality.

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